centuries-old maritime forests, glimpses of wildlife, far from the sounds and pressures of the city.

Fire Island is home to as diverse a collection of communities as any place in America. Here the forces of nature - wind, wave and hurricane - the rich variety of animal and plant life and the events of history have worked to shape an environment that is unique and surprisingly unspoiled.

Fire Island provides an opportunity to leave the car behind and enjoy miles of boardwalk and trails. So whether you are searching for sheer relaxation, fun, backpacking or birdwatching, or sunbathing, many adventures await you at Fire Island!

Ocean Beach, where Fire Island Spa and Salon is located, has more of everything to tempt a visitor than any other community on Fire Island. Ocean Beach is to Fire Island what New York City is to the rest of the state; the cultural and commercial capital of all in its domain.

Development of Ocean Beach began in 1908 nearly 40 years after Kismet, Water Island and Cherry Grove were established. Within a few years all available land had been sold and built upon. In 1921 a merger was effected with a tract of homes known as Beach Estates and Ocean Beach was formally incorporated as a village. Along with Saltaire, which incorporated in 1917, they remain the only two self-governing villages on the island.

Ocean Beach was fortunate that the 1938 hurricane left it relatively unscathed. The result is apparent today in the very large number of houses dating back past that era; relatively few of the town's 600 homes have been built in the last 25 years, all of which lends the community a rather calm and warm ambiance. O.B. is governed by a mayor and board of trustees elected for four year terms; and a village manager. This community has a large population and it attracts daytrippers from the mainland, as well as travelers from other parts of Fire Island.

Like many other communities O.B. maintains a volunteer fire department; theirs is the largest and best equipped on the island and provides protection to a number of neighboring towns. Two long-established churches, the interdenominational Protestant Union Free Church and the Catholic Our Lady of the Magnificat, serve as spiritual centers for much of the mid-island population; the spire of the latter is visible from miles around the bay and is one of the island's major landmarks.

Ocean Beach runs an extensive Youth Program with counselors instructing the town's large contingent of children in sports, arts and crafts and swimming, as well as producing a number of theatrical productions. The village maintains two tennis courts, a basketball court a playground, public docking, private marinas and a ballfield. The Ocean Beach Historical Society displays village memorabilia at its headquarters in the Community House. Full lifeguard protection at bay and ocean. Ocean Beach is a fine place to raise a family in the summer sun.